Melrose-Mindoro's John Ramsey was an all-conference selection last season on both sides of the football. The Mustangs senior start to the season hit a little delay.
Ramsey dislocated his knee cap a couple of weeks prior to the start of fall camp. He's hoping to miss only a couple of games.
The tight end and defensive end is stuck on the sideline for the meantime. And a little something positive has come out of the injury. Ramsey is developing his role as a team leader.
"It changed how I work with the younger kids. I used to kind of help them but now that's all I can do really is help the younger kids out."
It's valuable leadership since the Mustangs are a young team in 2014.
"The kids are excited. We've got a young group of kids coming in. A lot of them without varsity experience. They are real excited to get rolling," said head coach Tom Wisniewski who enters his 17th season leading the program.
Although young, Melrose-Mindoro believes they can hold their own in the Dairyland Conference.
"We've been working really hard and our main goal is to just know the playbook inside and out and be able to compete with any team on the field," said senior Logan Vanigan.
"We feel that in the Dairyland that we can really bring it to the table this year."